Sponsored by Folio magazine, this years Ozzie Awards drew more than 2,200 entries from across America. Memphis won in the category of Best Use of Photography Consumer Publication Under 250,000 Circulation.
The awards will be presented October 22nd at the Folio Magazine Awards Gala in New York City.
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Dont expect a slap on the wrist. Expect to be watched. That was the message governor Phil Bredesen had today for youth convicted of gun crimes in Shelby County. He was joined by county mayor A.C. Wharton at the Neighborhood Christian Center on Jackson Avenue, where they announced a new initiative focusing on tougher penalties for violent youth. The program, made possible by a grant from the state government, would require certain juvenile offenders convicted of gun crimes to be monitored using high-tech ankle bracelets. The grant also allows for probationary counselors that would pop in at the offenders homes without prior notice.
The London radio station sponsoring the concerts is also giving listeners a chance to win a David Gest luxury Hollywood holiday in which Davids bodyguard will personally take them to Universal Studios for the tour.
But if his bodyguard is with the winner, who will be protecting Gest from Liza?
Jones' claim to fame is styerfoam cup of water that he says Elvis took a sip from at one of his last concerts. Jones sold some of the water in an auction on eBay. Recently, he put up for auction a bagel he said looked like Mel Gibson.
Now this: a corndog that looks like scandal-ridden congressman Mark Foley. (As a bonus, he's offering a photo of Foley and entertainer Wayne Newton.)
We can't see the corndog's resemblance to Foley. See if you can here.
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Yes on all three counts, according Rob Diamond, director, screenwriter, and co-producer of Tears of a King, a film now in production in Utah and set to be released on the 30th anniversary of Presley's death next August.
And yes, if you can believe a story that recently appeared in the Deseret Morning News. Consider yourself warned: The complicated story involves Alan Osmond (of the Osmond Family); a Mormon missionary (Cricket Butler); Presley's father (Vernon); and Presley's karate coach and bodyguard (Ed Parker).
According to Alan Osmond, "I did give the book to the LDS Church ... . This was for safety's sake, to protect Elvis' privacy and to preserve the sacredness of this book! Several people that knew I had it were too anxious to see it and touch it. So I put it in a very safe place The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints [archives]."
Diamond, for his part, says Tears of a King will be "entertaining and enlightening for all."
Officers from the Mt. Moriah police station responded to a crash involving two tractor-trailer rigs, one of which had caught on fire after the collision.
Though an investigation is ongoing, police believe the wreck occurred when a big rig struck another stopped at a red light. Four victims remain in critical condition at the hospital. Identities of the victims are unknown.
No one was injured, but the cost to downtowns image and rebuilding could be substantial. The fire made CNN, and the complex of three buildings in the center of the city was scheduled for a groundbreaking a week from today. The Lincoln-American Tower, Lowenstein Building and the Court Annex collectively known as Court Square Center by developers have spent several years making plans and finding financing to renovate them were in flames Friday morning, closing streets for hours and keeping some government buildings closed until 10 a.m.
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Among the findings is that the number of reported crimes involving a firearm increased from 2004 to 2005 and that the number of juveniles prosecuted for violent crimes rose sharply during that period.
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They didnt exactly jump through burning hoops or shout Hallelelujah! to do so, but three prominent politicians who had been regarded in some quarters as possible holdouts made their election-day preferences known on Friday in the cases of senatorial candidate Harold Ford Jr., and congressional candidate Steve Cohen.
Ford got a boost from a longtime rival of the larger Ford political clan, Memphis mayor Willie Herenton, who was one of the attendees at a Ford-sponsored prayer breakfast held at The Peabody. Meanwhile, Cohen, the Democratic state senator and from Midtown and Democratic nominee for the 9th Congressional District, got a stamp of approval from Governor Phil Bredesen and from former interim state senator and current Shelby County Commissioner Sidney Chism. (For the complete story, go to "Political Beat".)
On Saturday at 7 p.m., senate candidates Harold Ford Jr. and Bob Corker will debate, and on Sunday at 7 p.m. it will be congressional candidates Jake Ford, Steve Cohen, and Mark White.
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1996 to 2006 ... that's enough time to author a book, and Doherty has: The Beginner's Guide to Winning the Nobel Prize (Columbia University Press). It's a memoir, but it's also an argument for the proper role of science in education and society and an argument against its improper use by corporations, governments, and religious leaders.
And what's one way to win a Nobel? A good upbringing, a good public-school education, and some good pig wrestling. As a veterinary scientist researching animal diseases, it worked for Doherty.
Before the signing, Lewis will be attending the Ole Miss homecoming pep rally. He'll be at Square books around 6 or 6:30 p.m.
The new restaurant's menu will be similar to Jim's Place East with some additions such as the flaming saganaki.
John McEnroe, one of the greatest tennis players in history, had an on-court meltdown in Memphis that nearly cost him an eye. In a losing match with Wayne Ferriera in the Stanford Championships, a seniors event at the Racquet Club, McEnroe bent over and smashed a ball on the court in anger during the tiebreaker after the players had split the first two sets. The ball bounced up and hit McEnroe in the face, either on or near his eye. He remained bent over for about a minute holding his eye as the crowd hushed and Ferriera walked around to McEnroes side of the court to see if he was all right. For all the flashes of his famous temper, McEnroe also demonstrated the brilliance that made him the number-one player in the world for part of the 1980s.
"So far all he's done is make a down payment to buy the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies. It is unclear whether it is Davis who is drawn to the people here or vice versa.
"As he strolls the historic district on a Sunday morning, he's greeted by a minister, a musician, shopkeepers and even the homeless. Servers at the King's Palace Café take his picture as he sips orange juice. Rarecas Bonds shouts to him from across the street, and the two hug."
You can read the rest of USA Today's take on Davis here.